WORKFORCE: Imperial College Healthcare Trust has appointed a new medical director after Professor Nick Cheshire stepped down from the role.

The new post holder, Professor Chris Harrison, has previously been interim medical director at the trust since October 2013, when Professor Cheshire began sharing the role of interim chief executive at the trust alongside his colleagues finance director Bill Shields and chair Sir Richard Sykes.

Professor Cheshire resigned from his board level position last month, a week after an investigation was launched by the trust.

Professor Harrison was previously medical director at the specialist cancer centre the Christie Foundation Trust in Manchester for eight years.

He has also been clinical director for cancer at NHS London.

Dr Tracey Batten, chief executive of Imperial, described Mr Harrison as “a highly experienced clinician and healthcare leader” who brought “extensive experience to the position”.

“He will provide invaluable knowledge and skills to help us deliver our clinical strategy to provide the highest quality care to all our patients,” she added.

Professor Harrison has also led work on the quality assurance and accreditation of cancer services across Europe and is the chair of the European Cancer Accreditation Committee.

He said: “I am immensely looking forward to taking on this role and continuing to work with the medical staff in the trust and GPs in North West London, as well as helping to deliver the trust’s clinical strategy to further improve the quality of care and experience of all our patients.”

Professor Cheshire had occupied the co-chief post until April, when the trust collapsed its unusual management structure.

This triumvirate arrangement – which had been in place since the end of 2013 - came to an end when Dr Batten took the helm at the beginning of April.